Origin: Calgary, AB
Wild Winds Brewery is a small-town craft facility knocking out craft beer and tasty soda, in that place where the strong Chinook winds blow down off the mountains and toss your garbage cans across the street. But there’s something else on that wind, aside from a malevolent force of can destroying, that speaks of the old days of the Alberta prairies. This is a part of the world where the feet of the hunter walked long before tall ships sailed the seas. Where buffalo would ford the Oldman river and millennia of prairie growth came and went. So too do the beers and ways of Wild Winds follow that tradition - that place of ancient thought and purpose. So open up a beer from that place and see if you can find the time and feeling that has been there since before anyone spoke. The Snow Eater is a stout with medium to full-body, delicious roasted flavour, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and malty complexity. Serves well at 8°C and can cellar for up to a year.
Pour nearly pitch black with a completely opaque body and low carbonation. Very little foam on top from the pour, just lingering off-white bubbles.
Aromas of roasted malts, dark roasted coffee beans, nuttiness, dusty baker’s chocolate, and earthy loam.
The roasted malt flavour really stands out, slight taste of charcoal, nuttiness, coffee beans, and a bit of fresh leafiness. The flavour is strong up front but fades off fast, it’s not a bad idea to let it warm up a touch in the glass to let the flavour wake up. The body is smooth but leaves a dry mouthfeel. Anything sweeter would leaven this flavour experience but alone it has a flinty, earthy quality.
Great to pair up with long smoked meats - find your nearest BBQ joint and get into the brisket with this beer.